By: Adriana Avila, Senior Reporter
Ever heard the one about the web designing stand-up comedian? Curt Fletcher, Digital Media major, said he plans to blend his degree with comedy to bring character to the laughing craft.
Fletcher has been performing stand-up comedy for 10 years and said he plans to use what he has learned to help promote comedians through web design.
“Since there’s a lot of video editing involved and Photoshop and InDesign, I’m going to help comedians build websites for themselves to make a little bit of extra money while I’m traveling, because comedians don’t have websites promoting themselves,” he said.
Fletcher recently filmed a live performance at The Box Performance Space and plans to make and edit videos to accompany his jokes for his upcoming DVD, he said.
Once finished, Fletcher hopes to distribute the DVD performances at the Hastings stores in Albuquerque and sell them online, he said.
Fletcher said he attended CNM for a year, back when it was known as TVI, before deciding to pursue stand-up. He recently decided to return to earn his degrees.
“I moved back here a couple of years ago. I wanted to get to get an associate degree in Digital Media and go to UNM for journalism because comedy doesn’t pay that well sometimes,” he said.
Cracking jokes since 1984, Fletcher said he found his funny bone when he used to sneak out past his bedtime to watch late-night comedy on television.
“I would always see my mom watching stand-up comedy on TV and just watching her laugh, just watching one person stand there with a microphone making a bunch of people laugh was pretty cool,” he said.
As an adult, , Fletcher is now travels as a stand-up comedian and said he enjoys performing for younger crowds.
“I did a show for the Lobo football team a few years ago right before their ball game. That was pretty awesome. They were a really really good audience,” he said.
Fletcher also caters to the seasoned who have long since crippled their funny bones.
“The last time I performed was in Arizona in a casino for old people. It’s hard to make old people laugh. They always say that they had a good time but they never laugh. I don’t know if they’re afraid to laugh, like something might come out, I don’t know,” he said.
Fletcher got his start at Laffs Comedy Club, where he performed every week, eventually gaining enough momentum to take his show on the road, he said.
Fletcher said he is also co-writing a script for a movie that he and a friend are creating.
“It’s called ‘The Consequences of a Feeble Mind.’ It’s about these two idiots and we’re about half-way done with it now and hoping to start filming sometime in the fall,” he said.
For more information on what the funny guy is doing, visit his website at funnyfletcher.com or email him at email@example.com.